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Meet our June Star Author – Leonie Agnew

Our fantastic June Star Author is New Zealand author, Leonie Agnew.  Leonie is the author of the award-winning and very funny Super Finn.  She has worked, a primary school teacher, and is currently the University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. She owns a ridiculous amount of children’s books […]

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My favourite NZ books – Leonie Agnew

The best ever NZ children’s book … hmm. That’s got to be The Loblolly Boy. I love the story because it’s dripping with imagination. An invisible kid who can fly? Yes please. That’s my kind of story. I also love how the author, James Norcliffe, made it seem so real.  Mr Norcliffe paints a dark […]

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Celebrating Storyline Festivals around the country

Today is the beginning of the first Storyline Festival this year – in Dunedin. Children’s authors Kyle Mewburn, Adele Broadbent, Mandy Hager, Rachel Stedman, Simon Pollard, and illustrator Robyn Belton, and storyteller Tanya Batt along with International guests: Isobelle Carmody and Rachel Spratt will strut their stuff at Dunedin Central Library from 11 – 4pm. […]

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Star Author Lied. Again

I said I wouldn’t give you any writing tips.  I didn’t need the competition. I swore black and blue not to aid you on the path to glory, knowing I’d be the one sweeping up leaves and weeding the cracks. But I lied. Tomorrow is my last day on the blog, (and lo, the internet […]

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  Um. Well … Err … Yes, I’ve lost my words. Sometimes this happens. Maybe they’ve fallen down the back of the chair or rolled under the bed. Either way they’re missing. It’s a little hard writing a story without them. So here it is …  I’m offering a REWARD. (No, don’t get excited, I’m […]

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Star Author Turns Green with Envy

I can’t draw. I can’t paint. But Trevor Pye can. He illustrated my brand new book, The Importance Of Green and he’s done a fabulous job. I’m downright furious.  Who cares about my writing when they’re dazzled with such visual mastery? How dare he outshine me with his artistic brilliance and fabulous flair for detail? […]

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Star Author Refuses To Comment

And then, there was me. Yep, I’m Leonie Agnew, the next Star Author for June and I’ve nothing to say. I’m not giving you a single writing tip. Not one. Why? Because you might learn something useful. I can’t have that. You might write your own book. And when you’re sunning yourself by the pool […]

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2013 Star Authors on the Christchurch Kids Blog

There are only a couple of weeks until our 2013 Star Authors join us on the blog.  We’ve got a great line up of New Zealand and Australian authors joining us this year and I’m sure you’ll make them feel welcome by asking lots of questions.  Here are our Star Authors for 2013: Vince Ford (NZ) – February Lee Murray […]

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Hi everyone, sorry for the silence at my end. I’ve been flat out preparing for the Auckland Storylines Family Day which I attended last weeked, and for the Christchurch Writers’ Festival which is on this week (August 30 – September 2). I had a lovely time in Auckland, talking to kids and adults about Red […]

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2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Winners

The 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced last week.  Congratulations to all the winners! Picture Book Winner– Rāhui (Te reo Māori edition)  by Chris Szekely; nā Malcolm Ross ngā pikitia; nā Brian Morris i whakamāori and Rāhui (English edition) Chris Szekely; illustrated by Malcolm Ross Non-fiction Winner – Nice day for a war: adventures of a Kiwi soldier […]

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Who will win the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards?

The winners of the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards will be announced next Wednesday night at the awards ceremony in Wellington.  There were lots of great books in the awards this year and I’ve really enjoyed reading them.  Here are my favourites in each category: Picture Books – The Cat’s Pyjamas by Catherine Foreman […]

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New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Finalists

The finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced today.  These are the awards for the best books for children and young adults in New Zealand and they are awarded every year.  There are four categories – picture books, non-fiction, junior fiction and young adult fiction. Here are the fantastic books that are finalists […]

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If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid try these books

Have you read all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and want something like them?  Have you been waiting ages to read them and want something to read while you wait?  Here’s a list of some books and authors you could try: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom […]

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Finn!

Finn Marsh is just an ordinary kid who’s not very good at most things.  When his class has to do a homework assignment about what they’d like to be when they grow up, Finn decides he’d like to be a superhero.  But to be a superhero there are a few things you need, like superpowers, […]

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The Last Post

Okay, it’s goodbye from me. My new website went up this weekend, so feel free to take a peek  – Well, it’ s been fun! By the way, I see Nanny Piggins is the giveaway this week. I’ll be on tour soon with the author, as part of the Storylines Tour. I picked up a copy […]

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